National Escort-Owned Website Launched

(Tucson, Arizona)  Isis Research, LLC is excited to announce the launch of the next evolution in escort review websites…  Escort Ratings (www.Escort-Ratings.com).   It is owned and operated by a former escort active in the sex worker rights movement, Miss Viv.

The concept behind Escort Ratings is unique in the professional internet escort industry.   The site features an Official VIP List with ratings and rankings of escorts based on actual escort reviews.

Each month, every escort in a particular city is researched on various escort review boards which have a numerical rating system.  Those with average review ratings of 7.0 or higher are qualified for placement on the Official VIP List.   Other minimum requirements include a certain number of reviews, and a valid website or internet escort ad.

Sensitive to the subjective nature of the review process, Escort Ratings has a unique method in place to thwart the revenge review or unusually low-rated review.  If an escort has at least five reviews under her belt, the lowest score is dropped and the remaining four review scores are calculated.   All gender identities are welcome.

The website also offers Official Award Seals to eligible escorts for placement on their personal sites, advertisements and emails.  The seals are given out monthly, and will help escorts reinforce customer confidence in their standards of quality service. The site also features a Host (Mr. Peanuts) and Hostess (Miss Ruby) who each blog about interesting, amusing and informative events and resources in the escort industry.  Initial launch cities include Tucson, Arizona, Houston, Texas and Denver, Colorado.  Twenty-one more city launches are planned over the next several months.

The site is still in the beta testing stage with its three launch cities, so all comments and suggestions are welcome.

Membership to Escort-Ratings is very reasonably priced, with monthly fees ranging from $15.00 to $7.50. Free lifetime memberships are available to all SWOP members.

We invite you to visit the new www.Escort-Ratings.com today.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.

12 Responses

  1. I have a strong philosophical problem with “ratings” for escorts and providers to begin with.

  2. I have to agree with Alexa. The ONLY value I see in reviews these days is in determining whether or not a girl is legit. I do not like the explicit or judgemental nature of reviews. I feel they’re harmful for many reasons. Course, anyone who’s talked to me for 5 minutes knows how I feel!

    XX

  3. I know, I understand completely. But the fact remains that reviews are the nature of the beast in the internet escort business, and the value of having them around is that they provide more advantages than disadvantages: determining legitimacy, like Amanda points out, is one; increasing business when you get a “good” review is definitely another. And, as DA co-founder Stacey Swimme pointed out in a recent article in the St. Louis Riverfront Times, “The escort review process adds legitimacy to our industry as a whole. I think that having reviews in the sex industry to some degree makes a lot of sense,” she says. “It brings it into a realm that says: This is a commercial exchange, a profession, a service.” St. Louis ASP board founder “Mac” remains a strong advocate of reviews “for the sake of quality control.”

    The drawbacks of reviews – reducing sexual services to a quantifiable commodity, feeling pressured or having to reinforce boundaries of services we will and won’t provide for the sake of a “good review,” and having to balance being discreet for the sake of potential criminal exposure against the necessity of advertising – are all things that sex workers can control through personal choices for the most part. With the exception of a few review sites here and there, you usually have the option to be delisted on a board, for instance. You can always control what you will or won’t do in a session, and you’re the one who decides what level of advertising you’re comfortable with.

    Being a sex worker, I’m fully aware of the stress that being reviewed can place on you. A part of me fucking hated getting them. But I look at this way: if my belief is that sex work is a legitimate and valuable service, and my hair dresser and auto mechanic are subject to being judged and “reviewed” for the types of services they provide, then I don’t get to hold myself to any special standard just because I sell pussy and not haircuts.

    I’m not trying to change anyone’s mind; I have great respect for the diversity of people and opinions in our world. I did a lot of soul-searching before I launched the site and in the end, I decided it was worth it to have a site where sex workers could enjoy the benefits of increased revenue by being virtue of being listed on the monthly Official VIP List, and where I might have a chance at creating a post-escorting business for myself (I’m getting fuckin OLD!)

    With much love and respect to my fellow sex workers…

    Miz Viv

  4. I find this to be an interesting comment, “The escort review process adds legitimacy to our industry as a whole. I think that having reviews in the sex industry to some degree makes a lot of sense,”

    What other professions receive reviews for services? Doctors? No. Nurses? No. Teachers? No. Professionals do not receive reviews. However, products do receive reviews. Cell phone? Yes. TVs? Yes. Shaving Cream? Yes. By having reviews for escorts, are we indicating that we are simply a product?

  5. When reviewing people’s professional serivce in the employment realm, we see laws that regulate what employers can disclose about employees privately or publically.
    But there are no such protections for independents contractors.
    Indys are equated with products, objects not legitimate service providers.
    What we need is solidarity in having some continuity of serivce and safety standards that we practice on our jobs.
    Customers use those review boards to maintain their domination over our industry in that they are now our bosses reviewing our sevices with no recourse for workers.

  6. Yes, Anonymous, escort reviews don’t really legitimize the profession — they commoditize it instead. This is one of the harms I was referring to.

    VERY few review sites allow for a more holistic type of review. Most are only interested rating the “parts.”

    XX

  7. @ Anonymous: Actually, there are several review sites out there for medical professionals. Just put “doctor’s reviews” in a Google search, there are almost 3 million hits. However, since the reviews are largely written by patients, they should be taken with a grain of salt as they will have their biases based on a limited understanding of the profession. A patient who goes to a physician looking for a prescription for a drug they don’t really need may leave a bad review for said doctor.

    However, the medical profession does have its own, internal review process for physicians (and probably nurses as well) conducted by other doctors to monitor standards, ethics, et.al. This is what the sex worker rights movement wants as well, self-regulation. But at the same time, that runs the danger of being cliquish as is demonstrated in many scientific circles where the in-fighting and name-calling is something to behold when someone “steps out of line” with standard and dogma (look up Peter Duesberg).

    But I agree with your analogy Anonymous. An escort review can sound too much like a product review (that damn ‘Play’ button just didn’t respond…).

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  9. Just to clarify, Escort-Ratings.com is not an escort review board. We just research the review sites that use a numerical rating system, average the rating scores, and post them in lists according to scores. We are not affiliated with any escort, agency, or review site since that would be contrary to our mission of being fair and unbiased.

  10. How about a way for escorts to talk back or defend themselves. In general I’m not opposed to escort reviews – probably because I tend to get good reviews – but sometimes an unfair review needs a response from the escort. How about it? Since you want to be fair and unbiased.

  11. Well, if Escort Ratings was a review board, which it is not, then I would definitely have a feature where people could respond to individual reviews. If you actually looked the website over, you’d see how your suggestion makes no sense.

  12. Update on Escort-Ratings.com. After a somewhat cranky beta launch in August, we’re reprogramming the entire site to fix bugs and add a ton of new features. We’re not accepting new memberships on the site until it’s relaunched.

    In the meantime, we’re offering all the site content for FREE at The Escort Ratings Report (www.escortratingsreport.com). We currently have Austin, Dallas, Houston, Tampa, Miami, Denver and Tucson, and will be adding Phoenix and Las Vegas within the next month.

    Thanks for the tremendous support we’ve received from sw’s, colleagues in the industry and media, and everyone else who share our vision of promoting higher standards of quality in the industry!

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